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The Novium

Address: Tower Street, Chichester PO19 1QH, England
Phone Number: 01243 775 888
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Ranked #16 of 25 Attractions in Chichester
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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99 reviews 99 reviews
30 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Chichester's Roman history is enhanced by this museum. However it would be a mistake to think it is a museum about Roman Chichester, it is not. It is a first rate local museum centred upon the excavated Roman baths (ground floor) with many artefacts from the Roman period. In addition it has an extensive collection of items stretching through to... More 

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Littlehampton, England, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

There were some very interesting exhibits, especially if you are interested in Bronze Age and Roman history. However, the inside of the building appeared to be unfinished. I realised that this was deliberately done by the architect, but it did remind of the 1960s concrete car parks. The staff were very approachable and helpful.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

this was an interesting and "accessible" visit, though sadly only short as we arrived late in the day - clear and simple presentations with some good things to occupy younger visitors. Staff particularly helpful

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Oxted, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
15 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

If you are in Chichester and at all interested in museums, you might as well have a look in here as it is fairly central and free of charge. As others have said, the displays are a bit random and the roman bath remains which appear in much of the advertising are fairly limited. However there are some other interesting... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Enjoyed our first visit here last week, especially seeing the Racton man having watched a report on it on TV. Will definitely be back to spend more time viewing the other items on display. Great that there is no entry fee!

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Worth only a free passing visit. While there were a few interesting items exhibited, any person unfortunate to have (previously) paid the entrance fee or made any special effort or expense to visit would, in my opinion be disappointed/borderline furious. You will need patience to filter through an infuriating amount of junk of negligible relevance (Diana and Charles commemorative milk... More 

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117 reviews 117 reviews
35 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Not sure what to make of this museum. On the ground floor we were pumped up with expectations as we viewed the remains of a Roman bath that had been uncovered during excavations on the site, but as we toured the two floors above we really could not see any logic to the sequence of the exhibits. On the second... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

A wonderfully modern presentation of Chichester's history in well lit airy rooms. Artefacts from the old museum now grouped together in interesting themes and displayed in a manner which held one's attention. Fascinating video in the entrance hall & a great view of the Cathedral over the rooftops from the top floor gallery. Mixed age groups there when we visited... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

hundreds of interesting exhibits including the bosham head and my personal favourites selsey tram menorabillia. also free entry recently introduced. what's not to like! also very near the cathedral and city walls if you want to explore even more history

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

At first I was perplexed, then astounded, then confused and then in stitches. I have very rarely laughed in a serious museum, except perhaps as a schoolboy looking at something phallic, on a school trip, egged on by my friends. But at the Novium, I believe, we have found an avant-garde comedy installation, in Chi... The first floor features a... More 

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